Good places to see dragonflies in Wales - Pembrokeshire


21 - Dowrog Common (Pembrokeshire)

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (land leased from National Trust)Dowrog Common Nathan Walton
Photo credit: Nathan Walton
The common is notified as a SSSI and forms part of the north-west Pembrokeshire Commons cSAC.  The site consists of area of fen mosaic in both wet and dry heaths with pools.  Dowrog means ‘watery place, marsh’ from dyfr(i)og ‘watery’.  It is a great site for wildflowers and dragonflies, with a species list of over 10, these include the Hairy Dragonfly, Small Red Damselfly and Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly.  
The common is off the A487, 3km north west of St Davids.  The site is open access land.  There is a small area for parking next to the cattle grid.  
Grid reference: (main entrance) SM 772 274; (centre) SM 772 270.  Nearest postcode:  SA62 6DA.

22 - Teifi Marshes (Pembrokeshire)

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Photo credit: Nathan Walton
The freshwater habitats include marshes and reedbeds and the River Pilau which is deep cut and narrow and runs through the marshes.  There is also pasture and tidal mudbanks within the site.  The site is home to 17 species of dragonfly.  The site is part of the Afon Teifi SSSI and SAC and also part of the Coedmor NTeifi Marshes Nathan WaltonNR.  Look out for the water buffalo who are grazing the reserve to keep the habitat in good condition!
This reserve is also home to the Welsh Wildlife Centre which is next to the River Teifi and overlooks the marshes.  It has excellent facilities including a cafe, toilets and a shop.  Check the website for opening hours.
The reserve is south of Cardigan.  Take the A478 to Pen-y-Bryn, here turn left towards Cilgerran.  After about 1.25 miles go over a small stone bridge and take a left turn onto a single track leading to the ‘Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve’.  The car park is after 1.25 miles, there is disabled parking beyond this.  There is a fee for visitors for parking.  The reserve has paths that are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.   
Grid reference: (main entrance) SN 187 430; (centre) SN 184 455.  Nearest postcode:  SA43 2TB.

23 - Bosherston Lakes (Pembrokeshire)

Part of Stackpole National Nature Reserve
Owned by the National Trust and managed in partnership with Natural Resources WalesBosherston - NRW
Photo credit: NRW
These are a man-made lake system, they are just over 200 years old and support over 20 species of dragonfly.  The lakes were created by damming a limestone river valley and the lakes are fed partially by calcium-rich springs, they are important for their vegetation.  The site is designated as part of a SAC because of its importance for greater and lesser horseshoe bats.  The lakes form part of the Stackpole National Nature Reserve.
The ponds are near to the village of Bosherston in south Pembrokeshire.  They are part of the Stackpole Estate.   There is a National Trust tea room at Stackpole Quay.  There are toilets in each of the 3 car park.
Grid reference: (lily ponds) SR 970 949; (nearest car park) SR 966 948.  Nearest postcode:  (car park) SA71 5DN.

24 - Stackpole’s Mere Pool Valley (Pembrokeshire)

Part of Stackpole National Nature Reserve
Owned by the National Trust and managed in partnership with Natural Resources Wales
Photo credit: NRWStackpole NRW
There are several pools in the Mere Pool Valley; the mere pools, pools that were once a quarry and several newly dug pools.  Mere Pool Valley is part of the Stackpole National Nature Reserve.  There are 20 species of dragonfly found in the estate.  Some highlights are the Hairy Dragonfly, Beautiful and Banded Demoiselles, Vagrant Darter and Black-tailed Skimmer.  
The mere is along a narrow steep-sided valley which is beyond the sand dunes at Broadhaven South beach.  This is near to the village of Bosherston in south Pembrokeshire and is part of the Stackpole Estate.  There are toilets in the car park.
Grid reference: (Mere pool) SR 972 940; (nearest car park) SR 976 938.  Nearest postcode:  (car park) SA71 5DR.

25 - LLangloffan Fen National Nature Reserve (Pembrokeshire)

Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales and Natural Resources Wales
Photo credit: Nathan WaltonLlangloffan Fen NNR Nathan Walton
The reserve comprises the western end of one of the largest remaining floodplain or valley mire in Wales, supporting a complex of tall fen, fen meadow, wet heath and carr communities and associated species.
The site is 60 metres above sea level and once drained westwards to the sea at Aber Mawr.  It was later modified by glacial melt water and ultimately blocked by glacial deposits thereby reversing the flow.  This left a small central watercourse meandering through flat waterlogged ground, which supports high densities of Trout, particularly fry. Bullhead, River Lamprey, and Brook Lamprey, all features of the cSAC have been recorded here Llangloffan fen.
The wetland is a classic haunt of the Otter and home to a remnant Water Vole population. Polecats and Badger also use the reserve.  A number of Red Data Book, Notable and local invertebrate species occur and the reserve is also well used by reptiles, such as the grass snake, and amphibians. There are a good number of dragonfly and damselflies found on the reserve, flittering along the stream and around pools. These include: Azure, Beautiful Demoiselle, Blue-tailed, Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Darter, Common Hawker, Four-spotted Chaser and Large Red Damselfly.
There are two access points, one at the eastern end (within the NNR) and another at the western end.  The eastern access point has a circular boardwalk which is suitable for wheelchairs and push chairs.  The western access point has a short boardwalk and a marked path, these are not suitable for wheelchairs or push chairs.  To get to the western end, take the A487 from Fishguard towards St. Davids, turn left onto the B4331 at Mathry and continue towards Letterston for about 2/3 mile, the small reserve carpark is on the left.  To access the eastern access point, continue along the road and turn left at the crossroads towards St. Nicholas.   After about 500 metres there is a lay-by to park in just before a stone bridge.
Grid reference: (main (western) entrance) SM 895 316 (eastern entrance) SM 904 319 (site centre) SM 896 318.  Nearest postcode: (main (western) entrance) SA62 5ES (eastern entrance) SA62 5ET.

26 - Goodwick Moor (Pembrokeshire)

Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (land leased from Pembrokeshire County Council)
Photo credit: Nathan WaltonGoodwick Moor Nathan Walton
The area of interest within Goodwick Moor is the reedbed, there is also a complex network of ditches.  As well as dragonflies and damselflies, the site is good for birds, plants, forgs, toads, grass snakes water voles and otters.
The site is in Goodwick, the eastern side of Fishguard.  From Fishguard, take the A4971 signed Goodwick, just before the A40 roundabout there is a parking area on the right signed Marine Walk.  Access to the site is via track to the left of the Seaview Hotel.  There are boardwalks within the reserve.  The reserve is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Grid reference: (main entrance) SM 947 374 (site centre) SM 945 375.  Nearest postcode: SA65 9DT.